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London’s most beautiful private dining rooms

Words by Georgie Young

Updated 07 December 2023

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Nine exclusive spaces that have both style and substance.

With party season here, it’s time to think about private dining rooms – of which London has plenty. In our list, we’ve detailed the city’s most photogenic private pads, whether a table surrounded with shimmering lights, a country manor-style dining room, or a sci-fi studio smuggled beneath Oxford Circus.

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118 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7NW

COYA Mayfair: Private Dining Room

COYA never shies away from a party, and its private dining spaces in Mayfair and the City of London both channel this energy. In Mayfair, you’ll feel like you’re at a country dinner party thanks to the big oak table and gilt-framed family portrait; COYA City has gone for more of a classic party vibe, collaborating with tablescape stylists LAY London to create a night sky-inspired room.

Scott’s: Renoir Room

Scott’s private space is tucked behind the main restaurant, with mirrored wall panels covered in art by Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, and (the room’s namesake) Pierre-Auguste Renoir. But the floor is where it gets funky: it’s made of hundreds of green agate stones and illuminated by Lalique lights. Factor in a custom private menu and you’ve got a belter for your next business lunch.

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20 Mount St, London, W1K 2HE
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1 Chiltern St, London, W1U 7PA

Chiltern Firehouse: The Garden Room

Although the ever-exclusive Firehouse is known – and beloved – by most, not many know that it also has a private room overlooking the Courtyard. Seating between eight and 12 people, the garden-themed room is a bit further away from the main restaurant, giving it an air of proper privacy, and serves a special four-course menu.

Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester: La Table Lumière

This glittering experience transcends the traditional private dining room: instead of being a separate space, la table is in the middle of the main restaurant, encircled by a curtain of shimmering fibre optics. You’ll then choose the tableware you want to eat your seven-course tasting menu from, with choices including Hermès china, Puiforcat silverware, and Saint-Louis crystal.

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53 Park Ln, London, W1K 1QA
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33 St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY

Hutong: The Shanghai Room

Featuring spectacular floor-to-ceiling views over Tower Bridge and the City, the smaller of Hutong’s two private rooms seats 18 or stands 50 – ideal if you’re hosting a larger group for drinks. It’s secluded from the rest of the restaurant by huge hand-carved wooden doors but retains the vibe of the main dining room via red lanterns and ornate chairs.

Luca: The Pasta Room

There are three private dining rooms to choose from at Luca: The Terrace, The Garden Room, and (our favourite) The Pasta Room. Stepping in here feels like you’ve walked into an Italian home kitchen, with candlelit wooden tables, crockery-lined shelves, and the aroma of Luca’s seasonal pork ragu. Foodwise, you’ll be eating four courses of recently Michelin-starred fare; guest-wise, there’s space for 10.

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88 St John St, London, EC1M 4EH
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20 Berkeley St, London, W1J 8EE

20 Berkeley: Private Dining Room

Like the rest of 20 Berkeley, this 16-seat private dining room is designed to feel like a country house, complete with fluffy carpet, a Welsh dresser and an array of potted plants. You and your guests will sit family-style around one big table and share a selection of the restaurant’s fiercely seasonal dishes, which are sourced from the best producers around the British Isles.

The Tent (at the end of the universe): Chef’s Studio

If you’re looking for something a bit different, try the 12-person private dining room at The Tent. It’s a bit of a mission to find: the restaurant is hidden behind an unmarked door in Fitzrovia, and the private room is further concealed behind a sound-proofed staircase. Once you’ve found it, though, you’re in for a treat: the room is sci-fi-themed with a statement gallery wall, and you’ll be eating eight courses of chef John Javier’s signature Chinese cuisine.

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17 Little Portland St, London, W1W 8BP
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St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Rd., London, NW1 2AR

Midland Grand: Private Dining Room

It’s no surprise that the private dining room at Midland Grand is one of the city’s most beautiful: it was designed by renowned Parisian architect Hugo Turo. Like the rest of the restaurant, the 14-seat room is a masterclass of Victorian elegance, with marble pillars, florid carpets, and a huge working fireplace festooned with flowers. Make sure to drop by Gothic Bar for a pre-dinner tipple, too.

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